‣ The Republican Roy Moore, who lost the race for an Alabama Senate seat in 2017 to Doug Jones after allegations of sexual misconduct, announced he would run again.
‣ The Supreme Court ruled that a government-maintained cross serving as a war memorial in Maryland does not violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause. (The arguments are complicated.)
‣ The Senate passed 22 resolutions aimed at blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a rebuke of the White House’s relationship with Saudi Arabia following the journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Donald Trump is expected to veto them.
Here’s what else we’re watching:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi walk together following a closed-door security briefing on the rising tensions with Iran. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
Behind the Curtain: Last night, Iran shot down a U.S. drone, the most significant escalation so far between the two countries. President Donald Trump may not want war, but he’s not the one steering policy on Iran. The new head of U.S. forces in the Middle East, General Kenneth McKenzie, was the one who requested the recent carrier strike group and ensured two more rounds of troop deployments.
+ “Throughout its history, America has attacked countries that did not threaten it. To carry out such wars, American leaders have contrived pretexts to justify American aggression. That’s what Donald Trump’s administration—and especially its national security adviser, John Bolton—is doing now with Iran,” argues Peter Beinart.
Chris Smith makes his way through floodwaters to the Macedonia Baptist Church in Westville, New Jersey. Severe storms with heavy rains and strong winds spurred flooding across southern New Jersey. (Matt Rourke / AP)
The United States’ Megan Rapinoe (right) kisses her teammate Lindsey Horan, who scored a goal during the Women’s World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and the United States, at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP)
Ideas From The Atlantic
The Children America Throws Away(Adam Serwer)
“America asks a great deal of those children who are born into difficult circumstances, and punishes them brutally when they stumble. America asks very little of those born into lives of plenty or relative plenty, and offers them comfort when they fail. Yet the children America throws away are no less children than the ones it deems worthy of protection.” → Read on.
What If We Let Robots Do All the Work?(Annie Lowrey)
“Imagine a life in which virtually all of your needs were met. In this world, society would guarantee its members not just middle-income status, but the prospect of travel, the option of a fulfilling but nonremunerative career, time with family and friends, time spent with cats and gardens and on volunteering and road trips. Imagine that all your peers exercised regularly and watched as much Peak Television as they wanted. Imagine never retiring, because there would be no need to retire. And imagine this happening on a far greener planet.” → Read on.